Across flesh and land

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Upon quick glance, it’s easy to believe that these landscapes are constructed of natural landforms including hills, cliffs, valleys, and mountains. However, upon closer inspection, the true nature of each human shape is revealed. Created by London-based photographer Carl Warner, Bodyscapes is a creative project featuring this new and unconventional style that blends portraits with landscapes. Continue reading

Colorful World of Kehinde Wiley

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New York-based portraitist Kehinde Wiley will be awarded the U.S. Department of State Medal of Arts. Known for his flashy paintings that depict black men and women in the style of Old Master portraiture, Wiley is being honored for using his art to promote cultural diplomacy. He will receive his medal from Secretary of State John Kerry on January 21. Past medal honorees include Cai Guo-Qiang, Jeff Koons, Shahzia Sikander, Kiki Smith, and Carrie Mae Weems. First awarded in 2012, the U.S. Department of State Medal of Arts is given to artists for their commitment to Art in Embassies, a diplomatic program that encourages U.S. artists to go abroad and work with other artists. For AIE’s latest project, set to happen in 2017, Jenny Holzer will make a collaborative sculpture at the U.S. Embassy in London. The announcement precedes another landmark in the artist’s career—”Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic,” the painter’s first museum survey, which will open at the Brooklyn Museum in February. Roberts & Tilton, one of the galleries that represents Wiley, confirmed the news. Continue reading

Resistance

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Najee Dorsey’s mixed media series “Resistance,” is an artistic commentary on the various ways individuals have used their voice and bodies to “resist” and fight against the powers that be. Partially inspired by the Occupy Movement, Dorsey’s renditions include the Haitian Freedom Fighter Toussaint L’ouverture, A Native American man taking up modern arms, and an ode to unsung she-ro Claudette Colvin, amongst others. Dorsey also includes various protest signs and anecdotes that feature social commentary about the current economic and social condition in America. Utilizing the digital medium to create these works demonstrate Dorsey’s range as an artist. He is particularly adept at weaving in multiple colors and layers to tell a story both aesthetically and thematically. Continue reading

Putting the pieces together

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Sexy, edgy, and playful with abstract shapes and color palettes, it’s no wonder everyone is talking about Damien Blottière. Having graced the pages of Dazed & Confused, Muse, New York Times, and Out magazine, the French collage-photographer has taken the fashion world by storm, creating distinctly original images by putting the pieces together.
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Flowers and faces

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Roxana Brongo is an artist and interactive art director from Montreal, Canada. Her artistic approach to graphic design has led her to combine photography & illustration, mixing objects, faces, colors and light, and blurring the lines between them. Her favorite tools are digital, but she also explore and create with watercolor.
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Fallen Angel

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Kamil Vojnar was born in the former Czechoslovakia in 1962. He studied at the School of Graphic Arts in Prague and began his career as a Graphic Designer. He left the country illegally (still Communist at the time) and moved to Vienna, and then eventually became a US citizen and finished his studies at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. He continued his career in Graphic Design which later led to illustration and imagery based on photography, working mostly for book and music publishing houses in New York City. At the same time, he continued to make his own imagery. After meeting his partner and having children, going back and forth between France and New York, they finally settled in St. Remy de Provence in South France where Vojnar has concentrated on his own work since 2005. He opened up an Atelier in St. Remy and then one in Paris in 2009, both of which carry his own work.
His work consists of images digitally layered from many different photographs and textures. They are mixed-media archival prints on fine art paper or mounted on canvas. Some of his images are layered pictures printed on semitransparent Thai paper. These unique photomontages are then varnished with oil and wax, and on occasion painted with oil paints. Kamil, as a painter, points out, “In a painting, you can paint anything you want. In the photographic , it must, on some level, exist first. That tension between what exists and what is made up is what interests me.” Thus, his images are often subject to very different interpretations
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L’Afrique c’est chic

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Ingrid Baars‘ unique style of photo-manipulation merges photography, high-end fashion and traditional African sculpture. Her works are made entirely by her, from the preliminary model photo shoot through editing the final piece. Her work usually involve modifying and merging several images into one end product. She describes her work as a two dimensional visual sculpture. She uses a contrast between inanimate objects and their living, breathing counterparts.
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